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Exercise With Asthma: What Are Your Goals?

I love reading the . WTG everyone on getting exercise in! and sometimes getting creative about it 

I've recently realized how much of my strength and endurance I've lost over the past year. Part has been my wrist surgeries and the other has been a constant battle with low level asthma flares. Time to turn it around!

I joined a group of women mountain bikers to get a customized exercise plan for upper body, lower body and endurance. We had our first online meeting last night and did body assessments. I got my workout calendar this morning!  I'm hoping the group will keep me motivated and on target. It's a 6 week program.

Some of the things we talked about last night were expectations and goals. For expectations, the message was "believe in yourself" and you can accomplish your goal. If you believe you can do something, it's more likely you will be able to. If you go in thinking you can't, you set yourself up for failure before you've even started.

The other part was setting a goal – we had to pick a section of trail that we struggle with but want to master. It had to be something personal and reasonable. Not riding some double black diamond if that isn't our current level. We had to write this down and stick it on the fridge, then share a photo with the group. Having a tangible and visible goal to work toward is our motivation.

It really resonated with me. We talk a lot about "getting more exercise" because "it's good for our health" – but that's not always enough motivation to keep at it. Especially if there is no tangible goal to measure success.

Here's my challenge to each of you – are you in?

Why are you exercising? What is your goal? What do you want to be able to do?
If you are comfortable, share your goal – no judgment! No goal is too small or insignificant. We are all at different levels but we can cheer each other on!
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  • LK

    What a great topic Kathy!

    You make a very good point about having a tangible goal.  I would love to say that my goal is to ride horses again but that may not be possible so I am working on those 'baby step" goals for now.

    My goal is to be able to walk for 15 minutes without any asthma symptoms like coughing, tightness, etc.  Currently walking 7 minutes once or twice a day.  Started out back in March only being able to walk 90 seconds or 2 minutes once a day.  Don't say that to brag but to encourage everyone that no matter how small you start you can improve!

  • LK

    Have had this hanging in our house ever since our kids were little but had forgotten it was here until you posted this Kathy. You know we've had it a very long time – it says Made in U. S. A.!!  😁👍

  • Kathy P

    That's awesome Lisa! And I love your goals of being able to walk 15 min and breaking it into 2 blocks. And that is amazing progress! 

    Have you done anything to progress besides just increasing your time walking?

  • Kathy P

    Ok here is my goal on the fridge…this is a printout of an aborted ride. My goal is make it up the hill so I can get to the easier, fun part of the trail!

  • LK

    Thanks Kathy!  For now just the walking.  Trying to remember how to breath correctly at the same time.  I am adding in some shoulder stretches my primary care doctor showed me.  Too many months of struggling to breathe had me hunched over.  

    For now that is enough.

  • Kathy P

    Ugh on being hunched over from struggling to breathe 😢  I love that you are adding stretches.

    And it's kinda funny (in a sad way) that we need to remind ourselves to breathe correctly. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Love this topic, Kathy P! I like reasonable goals and managing expectations. 

    My goal is to increase my upper body strength. I've lost quite a bit of upper body strength this last year for some reason (ahem, cough, cough, walking with no strength training.)

    Improving my upper body strength would help me in a number of ways —

    1. It would improve my core, which will help prevent back aches and pains and reduce the risk of falls as I get older. Since I've got quite a lot of bone loss, it's important that I do what I can to reduce the chance of falls.
    2. It will help my overall breathing and respiration, according to my doc.
    3. It will make me feel more independent if I don't have to depend on other people to open jars for me.
    4. It will make me feel healthier and more attractive. 

    I've got nowhere to go but up … but it will be a long trek back.

    DH bought me some dumbbells for Mother's Day, and I really haven't been disciplined about using them. But incorporating them and yoga back into my daily routine may help me in a number of ways.

    Can't wait to hear everyone else's goals!

  • Kathy P

    Those are all great reasons to increase your upper body strength Cynthia. I'm at being independent by being able to open pickle jars! I love that you want to add yoga and weight training to your routine. 

    So have you set a measurable goal?  Be able to do x pushups or planks? Open x jars? 

    One of the gals in my group posted her goal on her white board. I loved what she also had written!

    A goal without a plan is just a wishlist

  • LK
    Kathy P posted:

    Ugh on being hunched over from struggling to breathe 😢  I love that you are adding stretches.

    And it's kinda funny (in a sad way) that we need to remind ourselves to breathe correctly. 

    Thank you, Kathy.  It is kind of funny, in a sad way!

  • Pljohns

    Kathy-this is a GREAT topic-thank you!!

    i remember a few years ago when I broke my wrist badly.  Once the cast was off and I started PT, the first thing the therapist did was ask me what my goal for rehab was-I told him he had  weeks to get my wrist back to the point I could do 50 push ups fo my black belt test.  he laughed and said didn’t know if we could get there but what were some of my short term goals-at that point I had to get reasonable-and told him I wanted to open a gallon of milk or be able to get the pans to cook out of the cabinet (I had nerve damage along with a nasty break).  It took 3 weeks but I got those goals-I didn’t hit the 50 push ups but I hit 25 and for post injury, that was good enough for my test as well.

    Dh and i have both been saying we need to do some sort of exercise every night-even if its just walking until we get into better shape.  for me, right now is to walk down the street each night after dinner-it’s cooler then and our street is hilly-no flat stuff around here.  Once I can do that, I want to move back to my bike and be able to get it up and down the street.  Those 2 goals will take a while for me to reach-especially with this current flare.  pretty much everything is on hold right now-and we’ve had awful heat even into the night BUT if I can’t get out, our house is open concept and I can walk around the “circle” in the house and stay cool and walk slowly

  • Melissa G

     I have been gradually building more endurance and stamina walking. I want to be able to walk/exercise for 30 straight minutes. 

  • Kathy P

    That's awesome Lynn!  Having concrete goals is important – there has to be some measurement to attain. 

    It's really hard to exercise with a flare. I've had this funk going on since March and it's just exhausting! It's not super bad, just enough to impact everything. 

    I love your walking then building up to biking goal!  I've been know to walk through out house as a circuit track. 

    Melissa, being able to walk/exercise for 30 min is a great goal! What are you at currently?

    The circuit routine we were given is supposed to be about 30 min…it took me nearly an hour last night to finish and I was collapsing in a heap not able to finish the last set of endurance exercises. Ugh! Part was figuring out how to do each exercise, but my cardio endurance is absolutely awful! 

    But we are all gonna crush this! We are going to support each other and cheer each other on! We'll cry over bad days, brush ourselves off and move forward!

  • Melissa G

    I walked for 23 minutes today! I think I could have gotten to 30 minutes but the heat and humidity was starting to get to me. 

  • LK

    Good for you, Melissa!!  

    Go Melissa!!    Go Melissa!!    Go Melissa!!    

  • Pljohns

    Go Melissa!   Go Melissa   Go Melissa!

    I haven’t managed to get out and walk outside yet but I have been doing things around the house-even with the flare-I managed to vacuum, put away clothes (which involves getting up and down a step stool for me to hang them up), dusted and ironed.  Maybe not continuous exercise but at least I’m not sitting down.  I was out earlier running errands and it was 97-no way am I going to even try to walk in that heat!

  • Melissa G

    Good for you Lynn! Great job keeping active. That is some very warm weather you are having. That is supposed to hit our area tomorrow. 

  • Kathy P

    Way to make it work Lynn!

    How is everyone else doing?

    I did a mountain biking clinic on Saturday and it was a mixed bag….I'm still processing how I (mentally) feel about it  Everything was fine on the flat/parking lot drills, and even on the short practice ride. But oh boy, did my lung shut down on the afternoon ride!

    But, I'm sticking to my workout plan. Friday kicked my pattootie! It took me so long to complete the circuit. I need to ask the coach about how to handle that – reduce the sets? split to "arm day" and "leg day"? dial back on the endurance set? We have our check-in call later today, so I'll get that sorted out. Yesterday's went much better – better than I anticipated based on how I sound and feel. Go figure!

  • LK

    Kathy,  Way to go!!  You are an inspiration!!  

    I'm up to walking 8 minutes once a day and another few minutes later in the day.  Still tires me out more than I would have thought just walking for that small amount of time.  That doesn't count just regular things like shopping and hauling all the grocery bags in from the car.  When I think about how none of those things used to even make me think twice and now I have to plan how much I do each day.  It can get defeating BUT thanks to all you here who keep on trying, so do I!!

  • LK

    Melissa, I do appreciate the encouragement!  You are very kind!  

  • Shea

    Ive been trying to get 20 minutes a day walking, but its soooo hot outside. Ive been trying to do it in air conditioned stores– it is hard to get a pace going in there without looking weird though, so it has been slow walking. It still is tiring. Even Tommy gets tired. Some stores give me a headache and make me wheezy, because of scents/chemicals in them, so right niw I am trying to find the best ones. Also I have to be careful not to get tricked into buying stuff! I usually get something small. We have been doing once a week in the pool too. Also, we go around the block (all pretty flat) every evening– it isnt far but it is tiring. I am trying to get in a routine of bringing a ball and glove and playing catch when we get by the field in our neighborhood. Once a week house cleaning is definitely aerobic for me– also when I start the lawn again thatll be a big thing. Right now everything is hard. My stamina and energy only let me go for short periods and then I need to lay down. When I lay down I try to do light stretches sonetimes. Just bit by bit hopefully I will progress.

  • LK

    Shea,  That is marvelous how much walking you are doing!  Good for you!!  It is hard to want to walk outside when it is hot and humid.  I may have to borrow your idea of walking in stores.  Finding the ones where the scents don't get to me and also where I am not tempted to purchase too many things will be a challenge!  

  • Pljohns

    Shea-you are AMAZING-DH started walking last night and it made me sad that I wasn't up to going with him.  Even his slow walking is too fast for me.  As much as I want to, I know I have to get this flare under control before I add exercise.

  • Kathy P

    Ok I'm doing my exercise pretreatment neb,so thought I'd check in! 

    Right there with you on the flare Lynn 😟 I'm so over it! Currently trying something different along with low dose pred that I really, really don't want to take!

    Shea it's hot here today – our first heat wave. We don't have A/C so im waiting for it to cool down a little more. It's 7pm, so should be getting better. 

    My video call was awesome last night. Only about half the group made the live call. But we talked about adapting things – do what you can while still maintaining form for each exercise. I was really excited to hear that. I think when managing any chronic condition, that's a good reminder – what worked yesterday might not work today. And that's ok.

    Alright, neb is sputtering, so time time to git 'er done 💪

  • Shea

    I like that, Kathy, "adapting" things, as there can definirely be day to day variances. I try to do what is somewhat enjoyable to my body– not painful, not dreadful, not too hard. What active thing can I do now that might be OK, or even fun to actually do right now.

    It reminds me of that quote: There is no way to Peace. Peace is the way. 

    Today I store-walked a little bit, but the scents really did get to me so we walked outside as well. Then we came home and crafted some and I made food and cleaned some. I caught up with family on the phone. Tommy made videos of hinself making a new tv show. Lol. Hes a cutie. 

  • Kathy P

    Sounds perfect Shea! 

    I was definitely not feeling it tonight, so I cut the reps. I could have easily talked myself out of the whole workout, so doing 2/3 was a win! 

  • Melissa G

    I have been slacking for the last few days. I went to take a walk today but the humidity was way too high. 

  • LK

    That humidity is a shock when you open the door isn't it!  Wish just wearing a mask would help with that, too.

  • TerryD

    I was so glad to see this topic!  Last August I found that I have moderate persistent asthma, shocked is a pretty good word for what I felt when my dr told me that!  I fought a flare for over 2 months, finally got on Advair 250/50 and after a few months actually felt better, at least when sitting, lol.  Prior to last August, I had been going to the gym 3-5 times a week to weightlift with my son, that boy had me sweating!  I was a bit older than the regulars in the free weights section, mostly younger guys and gals, I'm almost 60… but it didn't seem to bother my son so I didn't let it bother me, either!  And I loved it!!  We would do a warm-up cardio then move over to the weights for almost an hour and a half, I can't even say how much I enjoyed that kind of workout. 

    And now, with flares over with and feeling stable, I'm going to start going back to the gym.  But I am nervous.  Mostly because, now, when I pick up one of our small dogs, I get short of breath.  When I talk for more than a couple sentences, I get short of breath.  When I go up and down our stairs, my O2 goes down.  But it goes back up if I sit down or stand still for a bit.  Is this normal?  Some days I have that really heavy, tight feeling in my chest, and some days not so much.  I live in NC so it's a little warm and humid here right now, and will be more so in the summer.  I don't know yet if that will affect anything.  But I have found that rain causes some exacerbation!  So there's one trigger that I've figured out   Aaaaand of course I need to lose weight, so that doesn't help, I'm sure!

    Next week, or possibly the following week, depending on when I get my car back, is when I plan to start working out again.  Would love to hear any advice or tips that anyone can offer!  

    Terry

     

     

     

  • Shea

    Hi Terry! I am not a personal trainer or anything but I have had bouts of illness and went back to activity and one thing I know is to take it real easy starting back and dont expect yourself to be near the same level as before– you coukd totally get yourself in trouble and feel down. Instead try to tap into how you are feeling now and what us goid fir you now and be accepting.

    Some treadmills and bikes have attachable heartrate monitors that can help you keep a check on that aspect. I think sitting machines are better than standing to start especially if yoy have been expeeiencing light headedness. I recommend going with a partner or getting a session with a trainer at the gym at first, and letting them know about the asthma, fatigue, lightheadedness stuff so they can help you safely get back started again or just be there in case you did start feeling really bad. Make sure to bring rescue medications/inhalers and to have eaten something small beforehand, and stay hydrated. Dont go on rainy days or when you are feeling bad.

    Stairs are hard on me too! Rain is also a trigger of mine. I do best with gentle walking in air conditioning, and when I first start feeling dizzy at all I start slowing down so I can ease my heartrate slowly and then rest. I dont have a gym membership now and have my youngster with me too so I have been walking the mall and air conditioned stores. 

    I would also talk to your doctor first and just let him or her know about the stairs and O2 and he or she might have you pretreat with albuterol or do something special to monitor your o2… At least you can get input and keep safe! 

    Let us know how you do– it is making me want to get moving just talking about it.

  • Melissa G

    Hi Terry! 

    I like Shea's recommendations of contacting your dr and letting them know what is going on. 

    When it has been a while since I have exercised, I always start with walking short distances. 

  • TerryD

    Hi Shea and Melissa!  Okay, truth – I would RATHER prefer to watch movies while making cocktails and eating almonds 🤣  But, since that's not feasible, or healthy… fine I'll continue to exercise.  It's hard for me, as just a few short years ago I used to be a runner, well, jogger, really.  No long distances, just because I thought it was the healthy thing to do.  I did struggle a bit with the breathing then (no asthma, that I was aware of) but with the 4 in and 4 out I was able to keep it in check.  But then my dad passed away and everything went downhill in that regard.  But last year my son took me under his wing at the gym and I loved it!  Not the cardio bits, but definitely the weightlifting.  Free weights!  Loved it.  

    So, I do have a dr's appt next in a couple of weeks, just an annual blood draw for like a check-up thing, and I'll mention returning to exercise.  As far as the O2 dropping, I'm not sure if that's simply life with asthma or if my body needs a little more, something.  I am so new to this that I really don't even know what to bring up.  Short of breath picking up our dog, sob walking up and down the stairs, and sob when talking.  And the Advair has made me very hoarse, but that's not a big deal so no worries there, I've read it's a side effect.

    Thank you guys for your advice, I do appreciate it!

    TerryD

  • Melissa G

    I am not particularly fond of exercising , but I do like the results I get from it. 

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. 

    Good luck with your dr's appt. Let us know how it goes. 

  • Nyllrap

    I was diagnosed a few years ago with exercise induced asthma. I am almost 65 and 4 months ago started playing pickleball. I absolutely love it, and try to play 3-4 times a week. But asthma does get in the way, even though I have increased the length of time I can play. There are a lot of starts and stops in pickleball, and I play one game and then sit out the next. My ultimate goal is to be able to play 3 games of doubles without stopping.

  • Melissa G

    Welcome to the AAFA forums Nyllrap!  My husband and son love playing pickleball! Do you have an Do you pre-treat with your quick relief inhaler before playing? That is a great goal to have. 

  • Nyllrap

    Thanks so much, Melissa. I don’t have an Asthma Action Plan but will address it with my doctor. I do use my inhaler before doing any exercise. It helps – without it I couldn’t exercise – but some days are better than others. The heat makes it harder, and I live in Florida. Taking an antihistamine before playing also helps. I just joined a gym to try to work on conditioning. But in spite of my asthma, and doing very well in pickleball, overall.

  • Breatheeasy

    I was told excessive exercise causes adult on-set asthma. I get carried away when trying to work out. Although my asthma was a result of food allergies I think my 4 hour intensive physical training routine before the diagnosis also played a role. I never did such aggressive work out sessions before that. 

    Now I walk and run for less than an hour. Maybe when I am feeling a lil better I will add some gentle yoga and breathing exercises. And take it slow. I get exhausted very fast when I am not feeling well. In the past I pushed myself to function through that instead of resting. 

    The concept of sharpening the saw was not new to me but I guess I ignored it. 

  • LK
    Breatheeasy posted:

    I was told excessive exercise causes adult on-set asthma.

    BreatheEasy,  I am curious, where did you hear this?  From your doctor?  From a research paper?

    I have never read anything in any research that would suggest that exercise, even excessive, causes adult-onset asthma.  Thanks!

  • LK

    Another question BreatheEasy, if you don't mind.  What exactly is considered excessive exercise?  It is relative to each person's current state of health and fitness.  For me, right now, excessive exercise would be walking a half mile but not that many years ago I could walk 3-4 miles up and down hills with no problem.

  • Breatheeasy

    Ok I would say doing more than your stamina let’s you. I went from doing an hour of daily exercising to 4 hours of doing the same thing. By the end I was super exhausted. I always had shortness of breath afterwards and I assumed it was normal. Other participants in the program said no such happened to them.  Then I had my first real attack an year later when well I ignored my diet.

    Yes it’s always better to take it slow as you build stamina you can add more hours. That is how we nutritionists train atheletes. Food and the amount of calories burnt should be equal to the calories consumed. Well if you’re sick you need extra vitamins. But well I chose to ignore it when I was training me.

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi everyone. When the weather is bad I'll walk in the mall. I get there early on Saturday and Sunday. If the weather is good there's a walking trail I found that my bf and I go to a couple times a month depending on the weather. The mosquitoes are starting to make their appearance s well have to see about the trail walking. Last year I kept having to stop when we were in a hilly area but this year obese able to make a mile without stopping. I credit my 10 lb  weight loss and being on humira for a year. 

    Now my Dr wants me to incorporate shoulder exercise. With the arthritis in my left one I'm having some trouble doing them. My fatigue is keeping me from exercising like I should do and need to do. I'm very tired by the time I get home it's hard to get motivated. I have ankle exercises to do and I do some of them a couple times a week some I do throughout the day.

    I just need to get motivated to do something everyday.

  • Shea

    Marie (and others), I feel ya on difficulty getting motivated to exercise when you are having high fatigue. It can be hard to get out of bed and just do ADLs, much less exercise. I keep exercise light because of that– plus ut doesnt take much to wear me out!

    Lisa and Breatheaay, I am not sure exactly the relation to asthma abd exercise but there is a relation in my experience. Like…. I know there is such thing as exercise-induced asthma. Anytime my asthma is more flared it is hard to run or do stairs and I need my inhaler. 

    And I know that often outdoor exercise can be a problem due to pollen, mold, and pollution– for those with outdoor allergens and allergic asthma (like me) especially-so. So from tbe standpount of being ecpised to more triggers, I could see a relation. Eying the calendar, the time of day, and having my asthma mask on at times is a work-around.

    Indoor air quality is also not good in a lot of buildings and stores. I am extremely sensitive to animal dander so I have to be careful even with second-hand exposure because so many people have cats and dogs that it becomes an indoor air quality issue for me at times. Also, perfumes, cleaning chemicals, and other strong scents, smoke, or irritants can trigger an attack. 

    Even chlorine in pools can be a trigger with my asthma rspecially if I am flared up at all. My mom keeps less chlorine in her pool that many public ones so Ive been trying it but it does mess with me some. Red tide issues near the ocean can as well– so I have to watch for that. 

    And I am a single mom to a 7 year old, so we are typically exercising together– which gyms arent very kid-friendly typically.

    So yes– exercising is tough for me–and I would imagine many with asthma. 

    I do like mall walks (that is what we did today). Sometimes the scents in malls can get to me but usually I can avoid those areas. There are kids play areas there too. I cant stay a long time because I do get sinys/headache stuff come on but its good for a long walk once a week. 

    This time of year in Florida isnt good outside with the strong heat and humidity, but other times of year are. We still manage to walk around the block and play catch for short periods of time toward evening when it cools off (if it isnt raining). 

    I have a mat at home– sometimes my son and I do yoga/karate-type stuff on it but we are out of routine with that. Now that it is summer again, maybe we can restart. 

    I think everyone has been mentioning working slowly up in stamina, and finding activities that are personally fun, and that are mindful of triggers and that you can modify based on how your asthma is that day. 

  • Kathy P

    It's hard to get motivated when you are wiped from just normal activity!

    Marie – that's awesome that you've progressed up to a mile without stopping! Do you have a new goal in mind? Adding distance? Increasing your pace?

    And I've been slacking on my shoulder exercises and I'm really feeling it. I need to pull out my stack of sheets my previous PT sessions and figure out which ones I need to add back.

    I'm currently working with PT on strength building and I brought up about my asthma and fatigue. Her recommendation was to do what I was able to do. If that meant cutting reps or intensity, she was OK with that. Doing less was better than not doing anything at all. Maybe talk with your doc who recommended the exercises about how to space things out?

    Shea – the heat can really be a factor! We are having a heat wave here. You have found great ways to work around it though!

    There is definitely . It doesn't cause asthma per se, but exercise is a trigger. I only trigger my exercise induced asthma when I go above a certain effort. For me, the key is to pretreat (part of my asthma action plan) and warm up sufficiently (20-30 min for me at a lower effort) before hitting that higher exertion level. I also have to have my "regular" asthma under control.

    One thing I'm finding about motivation to get my workout in is having other pieces in place that typically sabotage my motivation. I tend to workout in the evening after dinner. So, having a meal plan and prep has been key for me. Otherwise, I'm wiped after making dinner and cleaning up and just don't have the motivation left to want to exercise. Or it just gets so late, I don't want to! How about everyone else? Are there other things that are sabotaging your motivation that you could control?

  • Kathy P
    Nyllrap posted:

    I was diagnosed a few years ago with exercise induced asthma. I am almost 65 and 4 months ago started playing pickleball. I absolutely love it, and try to play 3-4 times a week. But asthma does get in the way, even though I have increased the length of time I can play. There are a lot of starts and stops in pickleball, and I play one game and then sit out the next. My ultimate goal is to be able to play 3 games of doubles without stopping.

    Welcome to the conversation @Nyllrap! I've heard pickleball is really fun! Being able to play 3 consecutive games is a great goal!

    Definitely talk with your doctor about an Asthma Action Plan and how to best pretreat and warm up.

  • Kathy P

    Hi Terry and welcome to the conversation! You have so many great tips about taking it slow and building up! That's so cool that you are rockin' the free weights with the young studs Way to show them!

    TerryD posted:

    And now, with flares over with and feeling stable, I'm going to start going back to the gym.  But I am nervous.  Mostly because, now, when I pick up one of our small dogs, I get short of breath.  When I talk for more than a couple sentences, I get short of breath.  When I go up and down our stairs, my O2 goes down.  But it goes back up if I sit down or stand still for a bit.  Is this normal?  Some days I have that really heavy, tight feeling in my chest, and some days not so much.

    Have you told your doctor that you are still having so much shortness of breath? It may be that your asthma is not as well-controlled as it should be. Do you use a or anything to monitor things?

    And I love your idea of the HR monitor. I have a fitness tracker with a wrist HR monitor. I love that it shows me my average and high readings through a workout. I've definitely been able to correlate higher overall readings when my asthma is not as well controlled. For me, it goes up quicker and stays there – I have a harder time recovering.

    Also, if the Advair is making you hoarse, tell the doctor. I had one combination asthma inhaler make me really hoarse and was causing vocal cord problems. We switched to a different on that had a steroid from a different "family" and that one does not affect my vocal cords.

  • StephM

    I've been working on reaching my health insurance 50 visits in six months for the fitness reimbursement!  Typically, I do rowing or swimming on my own or a (gentle) group class at the gym I belong to.  The group classes help keep me motivated as the social aspect keeps me feeling engaged.  Exercise in general helps with sleep quality, focus, and mood.

    My long-term goals (within six months) are to get back to:

    1) rowing for 20 minutes at a moderate pace (currently at 10-12 min slightly slower than my goal rate)

    2) hiking up and down hills comfortably once a week. (I did one good hike before there was so much pollen– flat and fairly slow.)

    This was a great thread– fun reading people's activities!

  • Marie E Natzke

    Shea ,Kathy P,

    I hear you on the weather Shea, only here it's been more cool days and rain. Yesterday we had a misty rain most of the afternoon. Today it was windy but sunny 🌞73 degrees. But rain is back in the forecast for this week and weekend. Yes the malls can be fragrant. 

    Kathy P, my problem is I was doing ok with the exercising when I started PT in February, but I got sick and since then I'm just not back to where I was in February. I have a vacation coming up at the end of June beginning of July. 10 days!!  I'm hoping I can get myself into the exercise routine during that time so when I go back to work it might make it easier for me. I can only do the outside walking on weekends so it will be the exercises from the PT during the week.

    So my goal is to be able to do some exercising everyday after work. Lose 5 to 10 more lbs. I want to get down to 150lbs. Right now I'm 160. 

    I've read that for every pound you lose you take 4 lbs of pressure off your knees. And 6 lbs of pressure off your hips. By doing this it will help the pain in my feet and knees from the arthritis I have and it will also make it easier to breathe.

    I've also read/heard that…( Heard this during than Last Olympics) that the exercised induced asthma are muscle spasms that happen and it's not really asthma. My thinking is if you have an underlying medical condition it can be triggered off by overly exercising.

    I had to water some new plants that I planted over the weekend they are not used to sunny day with warmer temps. So now that cut into my time to do anything. In about a half hour I need to get some sleep. 3am comes very fast!